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Can you still work while receiving Social Security disability?

When you suffer a permanent or long-term injury, the impact can be severely life-changing. Not only must you adapt to new limitations in everyday tasks, but your employment status may suffer.

Though your doctor may clear you to work, you may have to limit your hours or pursue less gainful job opportunities. These options may compromise your ability to earn a sustainable living. The good news is that Social Security disability is not solely for the unemployed. As long as you meet the income requirements, you can still keep your job.   

The potential to interfere with an injured worker's compensation

Suffering an injury on the job can be a minor inconvenience or a major disaster. Many accidents can fall in between these extremes, but any work injury means the worker should file a worker's compensation claim. Injuries that seem minor can suddenly turn into severe injuries.

One of the worst mistakes an injured worker can make is to try to tough it out and keep working; the person will usually make the condition worse. It is also a bad idea to not report the injury immediately, or the worker may lose the compensation he or she needs.  

When workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect

With some luck and a bit of care, you may never have to worry about injuring yourself at work. If you do, though, you may not be able to afford basic living expenses. Fortunately, there is a safety net. Through the North Carolina workers’ compensation system, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. 

What happens if your on-the-job injury results in a temporary or permanent injury? Even if you qualify for workers’ compensation, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. While you may independently qualify for both programs, you should know a few things about when workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect. 

How do work credits affect Social Security payments?

Working hard is important to you. After all, you take pride in providing for yourself and your family. Unfortunately, though, a serious injury or illness can make doing your job virtually impossible. If you are planning to apply for Social Security benefits, you must think about your work history. 

When you look at your paystub, you probably see FICA deductions. These deductions represent the amount you contribute to the Social Security system. The Social Security Administration uses FICA deductions to calculate work credits. To be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must have accumulated a sufficient number of credits during your work history. 

4 signs your employer may be retaliating against you

Like most of your neighbors in Southern Shores, you work hard to build a good life for yourself and your family. You bring work ethic, dedication and talent to the job site every day. If you hurt yourself on the job, though, you may not be able to put food on the table. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is often the best way to make ends meet. 

In North Carolina, employers may not retaliate against those who pursue benefits through the workers’ compensation system. If you think your employer is not treating you fairly because of your claim, you must act diligently to protect your job and find important legal remedies. Still, identifying retaliation can be tricky. Here are four signs your employer may be using your workers’ compensation claim to retaliate against you: 

3 common types of restaurant and retail injuries

One issue that often gets overlooked in the Southern Shores area when people work retail and food service jobs for primary or additional income is safety. Workplace accidents often remain an out-of-mind concept until something unexpected happens that results in injuries. Even restaurant and retail workers can suffer severe and catastrophic injuries in workplace accidents.

No job is without risk. Working conditions change all the time, and there are times when death is the outcome of a workplace incident. Restaurant and retail workers spend most of the time interacting with the public and in heated and cooled work environments. They experience many situations that put them at risk of injuries. Here are the most common types of injuries restaurant and retail workers should try to avoid.

Can my employer fire me if I get injured on the job?

When it comes to workplace injuries, especially in high-risk industries such as construction and healthcare, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings around what employers can and cannot do. It is important to understand some basic elements of the law that protect you in the event of a workplace injury.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has regulations that protect workers injured on the job. OSHA also has a program to protect workers against retaliation by an employer in the event that the employee reports an injury.

Can I file a workers’ comp claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Perhaps you sit at a computer all day at work. Because you are constantly using the mouse that attaches to your keyboard, a painful, tingling sensation has taken up residence in your wrist.

Your doctor has diagnosed the problem as carpal tunnel syndrome. Does this condition qualify for workers’ compensation?

3 tips for staying safe on the construction site

Parts of North Carolina were devastated by Hurricane Michael. Entire communities suffered widespread damage from wind, rain and rising flood waters. As a result, construction and remediation companies have years of reconstruction work ahead. The good news is this means more work to go around. The bad news is it may result in higher incidents of workplace injury.

What can you do to protect yourself on the job? Construction is a labor-intensive pursuit and a few simple tips can help keep you safe.

Janitors face high incidents of work-related injuries

The janitorial crews that clean offices, schools and hospitals work hard for their money. They often have long overnight shifts, and those who work during the day often have to steer clear of the students, workers and patients.

A study published last year by the University of California at Berkley is opening eyes across the country about the rate of workplace injuries for janitors. The study looked at the reasons behind the stunning statistics and found the main contributing factors.

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